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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with School Bus New York City, New York, October 14, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 12:25 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016, a 2007 Ford school bus owned and operated by Mar-Can Transportation, Inc., was eastbound on West Fordham Road in the borough of the Bronx, New York City, New York. The investigation determined that the 47-year-old male driver was operating the bus while off duty, without passengers. (He was scheduled to start his afternoon shift 1 hour later.) As the bus approached the intersection of West Fordham Road and Sedgwick Avenue, the driver attempted to turn right onto Sedgwick Avenue. The bus was traveling in the left through lane on West Fordham Road, with another vehicle beside it in the right lane. The bus driver accelerated and made an abrupt turn in front of the other vehicle, causing its driver to slam on the brakes to avoid colliding with the bus. The bus overshot the turn and ended up on the east side of the double yellow line on Sedgwick Avenue, where it struck a 43-year-old female pedestrian in the crosswalk.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in New York City, New York, was the school bus driver’s failure to stop for the pedestrian crossing the street in a marked crosswalk and on a WALK signal. Contributing to the crash was the driver’s improper turn from the through lane (which included failing to yield to a vehicle in the right lane and turning into the wrong lane of the street the pedestrian was crossing).

Accident Location: New York City , NY USA  
Accident Date: 10/14/2016
Accident ID: HWY17SH004, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 7/31/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1809
NTIS Number: 7/31/2018

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